Vijayakanth’s DMDK to go solo in Tamil Nadu polls

RSTV Bureau
DMDK Party President Vijayakanth in Chennai. Photo -PTI.

DMDK Party President Vijayakanth in Chennai.
Photo -PTI.

Actor turned politician and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) party chief Vijayakanth has decided to fight alone in Tamil Nadu Assembly polls on May 16. He announced the decision in a party rally on March 10 in Chennai.

“I am making it clear that Vijayakanth (DMDK) is going to fight elections alone,” he said at the party’s women’s wing meet.

Vijayakanth along with a seven-member panel will now choose DMDK candidates for the assembly election.

Vijaykanth’s decision came against the background of sustained efforts by the DMK, BJP and People’s Welfare Front PWF (comprising MDMK, VCK and CPI(M) and CPI) to rope in the Vijayakanth-led party into their fold.

DMDK was part of BJP-led NDA in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,

Ridiculing speculation in the media about which alliance the DMDK would choose, he asked ‘I did not bargain with anyone (party) and why are you worried?.’

Explaining the background to the party decision, he said TV channels aired stories confusing everyone about DMDK’s decision without contacting his DMDK.

He said only his partymen had the right to question him on choosing electoral-tie-up and asserted that he need not answer the media in this regard.

Vijayakanth founded, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) in 2005. The party fought the 2011 Assembly elections as an ally of the ruling AIADMK and 2014 Loksabha Polls with BJP. The party secured 24 assembly seats in 2011 and none in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.